WVII reports on Gill’s search for prehistoric plants, animals preserved in tar pits
University of Maine paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill and her students are working with the University of California to uncover fossils of prehistoric plants and animals preserved in tar pits from the ice age, WVII (Channel 7) reported. “We have a lot of these ice age survivors, things like squirrels and rabbits and coyotes. And those persisted through those climate changes at the end of the last ice age,” Gill told WVII. Gill and her students are hoping to gain a better understanding of what humans and animals today may need to survive, as the climate changes over time, according to the report.